US Army Air Corps B-25 “Mitchell” medium bomber.

Apparently I’m a historical fiction novelist now.  My initial foray into the field, When Heroes Flew, has proven surprisingly successful.  On Amazon, the novel racked up over 100 reviews in less than a month, eclipsing tallies for my previous books—even those of my flagship Eyewall—by a number of weeks!

Not only that, but the reviews for When Heroes Flew have been overwhelmingly positive. I won’t bore you with a sampling here, but if COVID-19 news has numbed your emotions to the point where you’re looking for things uplifting, try Amazon or Goodreads.  (Okay, maybe it only works for me.)

At any rate, my publisher, Severn River, seems uplifted, too.  After I mentioned I was working on another historical fiction manuscript, they phoned me.  What’s it about? they asked.  I told them.  Without seeing a proposal, synopsis, or sample chapter, they asked if I’d like a contract.  Sure, I said. 

Why you wonder, after a wham-bam debut in the field, wouldn’t I seek a bigger publishing house?  Been there, done that.  Not gonna waste my time.  You gotta remember, I’m in the don’t-purchase-any-green-bananas age category now.

When I first contacted Severn River about When Heroes Flew, I told them it was a one-off deal.  I didn’t plan to write anymore.  The bossman there, Andrew Watts, was reluctant to take on a “one-trick pony,” but did anyhow.  Then my life circumstances changed dramatically a couple of months ago, and I plunged back into writing.  The bottom line is, since Severn River Publishing did right by me—not only in taking on the manuscript but effectively marketing it—I want to reward that confidence.

Hopefully, you’ll see a manifestation of that in the spring of 2021.  That manifestation is tentatively titled The Shangri-La Raiders and will feature another legendary WWII air raid by US forces.

But look for B-25s this time, not B-24s.


  1. Meridel prideaux on May 29, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    Just got When Heroes Flew and can’t wait to read it. Then will pass on to a BHS pal😷

  2. Buzz Bernard on May 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Meridel–Great to hear from you. I hope you enjoy the novel, and if I may make my usual plea, please post a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads when you’re finished. For those of you wondering, BHS is Beaverton High School in Beaverton, Oregon. Meridel and I were classmates there shortly after the dinosaurs went extinct. Anyhow, Miss Meridel, I’d be pleased if you’d pass WHEN HEROES FLEW around to some of our old partners in crime.–Buzz

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